The date is set and invites are circulating for the Palm Beach County Mayor’s Ball – a black tie event intended to raise money for the homeless.
New Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor pushed for holding the gala, scheduled for March 8, as an upscale way to raise money to help the homeless. She has proposed making it an annual event.
Now people willing to pay $250 for a ticket can rub elbows with Palm Beach County movers-and-shakers for a night of dinner and dancing.
The event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in downtown West Palm Beach starts with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed at 7 p.m. by dinner and dancing.
Taylor called for the Homeless Coalition to handle the fundraising side of the event to avoid potential ethical restrictions on elected officials soliciting donations.
Checks are supposed to be made payable to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, with the net proceeds going toward efforts to end homelessness. That would include the county’s new homeless resource center in West Palm Beach.
The county's Senator Philip D. Lewis Homeless Resource Center in West Palm Beach offers temporary housing, job training, counseling and other services for people living on the street.
County commissioners take turns serving as mayor and Taylor has said she hopes future mayors continue holding annual balls to provide additional funding for helping the homeless.
Current and former elected officials are included on the ball’s host committee, joining Taylor in lending local political star power to the event.
The group includes State Attorney Dave Aronberg, former county commissioner Burt Aaronson, County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock, County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congressman Ted Deutsch, Congressman Alcee Hastings, Congressman Patrick Murphy and more.
Florida’s chief financial officer, Jeff Atwater, is co-chairman of the event.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun